Monday, September 28, 2009

Allow me to introduce myself...

Here's my intro video for the TC Competition. It took a few takes for me to get through the first few lines that I wanted to talk about. Thank goodness Nathaniel was patient with me.

Filthy 50 - fun workout :/

Muti-tasking right now... in a group project meeting and quietly recovering from my workout today (modified).

Today I did the Filthy 50, a CrossFit WOD.

For time:
50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders

If you haven't already, try it out! It's definitely a mind over matter workout. Back extensions which I thought would be one of the easier exercises ended up being one of the more difficult ones. My lower back definitely needs some strengthening.

Different ways to modify could be to do 25 reps rather than 50, lowering the box jump height, lighter weights, jump roping rather than double unders...

Anyone have any other suggestions for fun workouts or exercises?

Week 2 Recap (from my Tight Curves blog)

Sunday's weigh in was disappointing - no weight loss to report. This weigh-in reminds me of the "dreaded week 2" on The Biggest Loser when contestants are expected to have very little weight loss or to even have gained weight. I know my body has to get used to the changes that I'm incorporating. Instead of cooperating with the changes, my body's asking what's going on and tries to remain status quo... eh, just more excuses...

Looking back on this second week, I have found ways to improve my weight loss goals...

- Now that my group project meetings are scheduled for the next 2 weeks, I have designated Monday and Wednesday nights as cooking and food prepping nights. I need to have those snacks and meals with me as I go from work to school to the gym.

- Work has been super stressful. I'vSunday's weigh in was disappointing - no weight loss to report. This weigh-in reminds me of the "dreaded week 2" on The Biggest Loser when contestants are expected to have very little weight loss or to even have gained weight. I know my body has to get used to the changes that I'm incorporating. Instead of cooperating with the changes, my body's asking what's going on and tries to remain status quo... eh, just more excuses...

Looking back on this second week, I have found ways to improve my weight loss goals...

- Now that my group project meetings are scheduled for the next 2 weeks, I have designated Monday and Wednesday nights as cooking and food prepping nights. I need to have those snacks and meals with me as I go from work to school to the gym.

- Work has been super stressful. I've transitioned full-time into an Engagement Management role at work, which involves lots of driving around to client sites and lunch with clients. Lunch with clients isn't bad. Usually we take them out to pretty decent places, which I am noticing have excellent healthy options such as grilled white fish and salads with balsamic and vinegar based dressing. Again, having the prepared snacks and Top Secret should help out with not snacking on breads and appetizers.

- In general, I need to take time out to relax. Running around from one stressful situation to another isn't helping my mental sanity. I've decided to leave the office this week during lunchtimes to get away from everything. I need to give myself time to breathe and put together my thoughts.

How is everyone else doing?e transitioned full-time into an Engagement Management role at work, which involves lots of driving around to client sites and lunch with clients. Lunch with clients isn't bad. Usually we take them out to pretty decent places, which I am noticing have excellent healthy options such as grilled white fish and salads with balsamic and vinegar based dressing. Again, having the prepared snacks and Top Secret should help out with not snacking on breads and appetizers.

- In general, I need to take time out to relax. Running around from one stressful situation to another isn't helping my mental sanity. I've decided to leave the office this week during lunchtimes to get away from everything. I need to give myself time to breathe and put together my thoughts.

How is everyone else doing?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fun with hamstrings


I had fun with this new move. With heels touching, curl hamstrings. When hamstrings are fully contracted, raise your hips straight up. This means that your glutes will have to tighten to raise up your hips. Slowly bring hips back down and lower legs to starting position. 12 reps.

Then superset wtih 12 regular ham curls on the machine.
Try it out to spice up your legs days.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's on...

Hurrah! I've been accepted into Tight Curves' Brownie Diet Challenge! I'm super excited about this! This is my second chance to really kick some butt in a challenge.

For this challenge, the competition is really against one's self. 12 women have been choosen to lose weight between the ranges of 20-80 lbs, depending on what each person's current & goal weight. Challengers who reach their goal weight at the end of 14 weeks will recieve prize money and will be featured in TC promotions!

Tight Curves will equip us with a sample diet, delicious protein powder (for drinks and for the TC Brownies), Top Secret Fat Burners, and, of course, Kristal and Tom's support. I can't wait to see if Nathaniel will like the TC brownies. Definitely going to be a huge score, if he does :)

We'll have to submit regular video blogs (not sure where to yet) and also have to weigh-in each Sunday morning... I've gotten started on the video taping section. I've been wanting to start a video blog for quite sometime now and this is the perfect outlet to do so...

I'm still waiting to recieve the products and for the official start... wish me a strong finish!